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A Natural Partnership Is Born

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Although it was common knowledge that the local Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) store was the place to buy hiking boots and obtain topographical maps, the store was also a great place to find volunteers for the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. History Of Hemlock Bluffs Owned by the state of North Carolina and managed by the town of Cary, Hemlock Bluffs is ecologically unique, with a system of north-facing bluffs and a wealth of eastern hemlocks.  For years, biologists and educators … Continue reading

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Top 10 Trends In Recreation Restrooms

Photos Courtesy of TMP Architecture, Inc.

While beautiful, updated fitness equipment, a newly finished gym floor, a bright welcome desk, or a spacious running track are certainly exciting changes for a new or renovated recreation center, what consideration has been given to the less-glamorous amenities of restrooms and changing stations? These spaces see the most traffic in the facility, and their condition can leave a lasting impression with guests. The following list outlines ideas for when your facility’s restrooms are in need of some TLC or … Continue reading

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Net Gain

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Paddle tennis started in the late 1920s as an outlet for tennis enthusiasts seeking to keep their skills sharp during New England’s long, cold winters. Instead of hanging up their racquets for the season, these sportsmen created a new game involving a smaller court, wire fencing, and—most importantly—a heat source to melt the ice and keep the players warm. Paddle tennis, or as it is sometimes referred to, platform tennis, has grown in popularity over the years, with new public … Continue reading

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Serene Latrine

Photos Courtesy of Miró Rivera Architects

Location: Austin, Texas Size: 70 square feet  The Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a linear park of scenic trails and landscaping that follows the banks of the Colorado River in downtown Austin. Very popular among runners and bike riders, the park provides residents and visitors with a rural escape in an urban setting. The public restroom—the first in the park in more than 30 years—was built by the Town Lake Trail Foundation, a community-based non-profit organization, in … Continue reading

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Playing Is Winning

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In 2003 the City of Arlington (Texas) Parks and Recreation Department decided to resume its youth-sports programming after more than a 20-year hiatus. And what a return it has been. Starting with 250 kids in that first year, the department now averages more than 5,000 participants annually.  “Based on customer-survey responses, we started offering youth sports again due to our community asking us to get back in the youth-sports business,” says Wendy Parker, who has been the athletic director at … Continue reading

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